As per the City’s “2021 COVID Conscious Delivery Plan” this service will be opening for the 2021 season, subject to any current provincial COVID regulations and local Health Unit guidelines. Please check back as updates will be posted in the relevant sections below.
The City of Brockville owns and manages a group of islands in the St. Lawrence River for conservation and public enjoyment. Part of the world-famous 1000 Islands, they contribute to the scenic and ecological character of an important tourist area and provide valuable recreational opportunities to residents and visitors alike.
Daily, weekly and seasonal camping is available for the islands of the City of Brockville (fees are applicable). Daily and weekly camping is available on a first come first serve basis. Reservations are not accepted at this time. Seasonal camping is available by lottery draw, held annually. The islands can also be used for day use picnicing and boating.
Seasonal Camping Applications
2021 Applications for Seasonal Island Camping (June 4 - September 13, 2021) are now available. Residents of Brockville, as well as Augusta, Eilzabethtown-Kitley, and Front of Yonge Townships are eligible to apply. The lottery draw will take place on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 5:00 pm and applicants will receive location details by email prior to the draw.
Due to COVID-19, an appointment must be booked with Robyn Houle (613-342-8772 x3266 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to bring completed applications, including payment in full and all original supporting documents to the Gord Watts Municipal Centre at 251 North Augusta Road.
Council Directive 2005-303-12 gives first preference to City of Brockville residents and second preference to residents of surrounding municipalities. Therefore, documentation is required from these groups to substantiate residency. Residents outside the City of Brockville and surrounding areas may submit their application by e-mail to email@example.com or by Canada Post as no documentation is required.
How to get to the Islands and where to leave your vehicle
The Brockville Islands can be accessed by personal watercraft. Limited docking is available on most City Islands once the boating season begins, please refer to the island map for dock locations.
Paddle In/Paddle Out
The City has 6 paddle in/paddle out sites (fees are applicable). Canoes and kayaks must be beached or placed at the campsite. Reservations for these sites can be made during the camping season by contacting St. Lawrence Park Campground at 613-345-1341.
The City of Brockville provides 2 boat launching ramps, one located at the foot of Henry Street and the other is located at the foot of Home Street.
Boats can be launched at no charge, however vehicular and trailer parking fees are applicable.
Vehicle with Trailer Parking
Vehicle with trailer parking is permitted at the following locations (fees are applicable):
- Henry Street Parking Lot
- Home Street Parking Lot (gravel section only - North of Water Street, East side)
- Home Street along the East bank of Hardy Park (South of Water Street, West side) - day use only until 11pm
Overnight and multiple day parking is permitted at the following municipal parking lots (fees are applicable):
- Water Street parking Lot
- Market Street West Parking Lot
- George Street Parking Lot
- Buell Street Parking Lot
- John Street Parking Lot
- Home Street Parking Lot
Island Rules Overview
For detailed Island Rules, please click here to view the Park Islands and Camping Rules.
Campfires are permitted on City of Brockville Islands in designated areas only (fire boxes/pits/receptacles). Firewood can be purchased at the canteen located in St. Lawrence Park and can be accessed by boat. Mooring is permitted on the courtesy dock located to the east of the dive dock.
Twigs, broken branches and rotting logs play an important role in the healthy development of the island forest, providing cover and food for insects, small animals and birds. Please leave them where they fall.
Campfires are prohibited when a fire ban is in place.
Pack It In/Pack It Out
Leave no trace - take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints. Pack your waste back with you when you vacate the island.
The City of Brockville has always encouraged the practice of Pack it In/Pack It Out. We have reduced the number of receptacles on the islands.
The islands are especially sensitive to damage because they are rocky, small in area and have more severe climate than the mainland. You can contribute to the protection of the islands by complying with the regulations. They have been designed to encourage you to use and enjoy the islands in an environmentally sensitive manner.
Walking trails have been provided to allow you to explore the islands. In many areas of the dry island environments, soil erosion and plant destruction have resulted from people walking around, so please stay on the trails.
Because the islands are rocky, broken glass has been a problem in the past. For the safety of your family and others, please use plastic or canned containers only.
Pets are welcome on City of Brockville islands, but they must be on a leash and under control at all times. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets. (And yes, pack it out includes your poop bags)
Outhouses are located on a number of City of Brockville Islands. Please refer to the island map for locations.
Ice can be purchased from the canteen located at St. Lawrence Park and the Brockville Municipal Harbour office, both can be accessed by boat. The courtesy dock at St. Lawrence Park and the day docks at the Brockville Municipal Harbour are meant for short term stays such as stopping by for an ice cream cone or to purchase ice.
Fees are payable immediately upon arrival when self-registration boxes are present. If self-registration is not available, parks staff will be around to collect fees. Please read our Island Camping Frequently Asked Questions for current rates.
Robyn Houle - Parks and Events Coordinator
613-342-8772 x 3266